Are You Facing A Disciplinary Investigation?

The Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR) includes two departments specifically tasked by the Illinois State Legislature to investigate and prosecute violations of professional ethics and laws by licensed professionals throughout the state.

The Investigative Unit

The IDFPR investigates complaints against licensed professionals in the following fields:

  • Physicians and medical professionals, including pharmacists
  • Private detectives
  • Design
  • Debt collections
  • Probationary compliance
  • The Medical Cannabis Pilot Program
  • Attorneys and other general professions requiring licensure

The investigative and disciplinary process begins when the IDFPR receives a formal complaint from:

  • Members of the public
  • Other licensees
  • Law enforcement
  • Other governmental agencies

The Prosecution Process

Upon receiving the complaint, the matter is forwarded to a lead investigator, who establishes whether the IDFPR has 1) jurisdiction over prosecuting the matter; and 2) whether there is enough evidence to proceed with prosecution. The licensed professional should be notified that an investigation is under way, including the nature of the complaint and possible actions that may be taken. If the investigative unit concludes that prosecution should continue, the matter is turned over to the prosecution arm of the IDFPR, who will proceed with building a case for disciplinary action.

Often, the matter may be resolved through a negotiated settlement between the licensed professional and the IDFPR, so it is important to hire an experienced attorney with a record of successful negotiated outcomes. In some cases, the matter may move directly to a disciplinary hearing.

Call A Lawyer Experienced In Handling These Types Of Investigations

If you find yourself under investigation or facing a disciplinary hearing, it is critical to get sound legal counsel by an attorney with experience specific to negotiating and defending professional misconduct audits and hearings. Your reputation and career may be at stake.

I offer licensed professionals more than 40 years of knowledge and hearing room experience in matters concerning licensing and government investigations. Call my offices in Chicago at 312-767-4596 or send an email with a brief explanation of your circumstances. I will respond as quickly as possible to arrange a consultation.